East London-born singing sensation Asandiswa George serenaded her audience at the Guild Theatre on Friday evening during the Umtiza Arts Festival.
George shared the stage with the world-famous Soweto String Quartet (SSQ) which who were was the headlining act of the festival.
“I fell in love with music at the age of nine while at Glenview Primary School [in Alberton, Gauteng]. A teacher of mine heard my voice during detention while I was tidying up the storeroom as punishment because I was a bit disruptive.
“I was singing carelessly, but my teacher noticed I had a good voice and put my name down to perform at the school’s talent show.
“From there I never stopped, I sung every day, all day and everywhere.
“I always knew that I wanted to sing, but it was only late in high school that when I took the a decision to take music seriously.” said George.
George said her inspiration to pursue music as a career came when her friend’s aunt advised her to take give it some serious thought. music seriously.
“My biggest inspiration in music has to be the late Busi Mhlongo, Miriam Makeba, and Brenda Fassie. These powerful women opened a path in my music career, and I love the genre of music they performed,” she said. played,” George said.
Speaking to the GO!, George said she jumped at the opportunity to feature with the Soweto String Quartet during the Umtiza Arts Festival.
“I was so nervous and anxious, but it was a great and beautiful experience. I loved the moment. It was a total blessing. It was my first performance in East London and it was so special. I didn’t think if I would be performing in East London any time soon.
“But apart from all the nerves, it was really great,” George said. and I hope I’d be awarded opportunities of this nature more often,” she said.